Despite the way I was feeling last night, today ended up being the best Christmas for a very long time. The day started by waking up slowly and naturally at 8am and it didn't feel that odd. I lounged around in bed on my laptop for half hour before getting up and starting to prepare dinner and relaxing on the sofa. The older kids came downstairs at around 10am and Ruby said how nice it was to have a lie in, they then watched some telly and we all just chilled out together listening to music and singing loudly, in Elisha's case.
At 2pm, with the dinner in the final stages, we went round to Barney's to pick Poppy up.
Once home, I finished the dinner, we sat down to eat and drink, lots in Jake's case, and then we began the present opening. I'd already paid for Jake to go to Amsterdam 2 months ago so he just got little nik naks but he was over the moon with the onesie I got him and the hazardous waste toilet roll! Ruby and Elisha both wanted money and Poppy had various presents including a toy foot spa, dvds, slush puppy maker and Barbie styling head. Arthur was delighted with his presents, although the toy frog was destroyed within the hour.
Jake went up to bed soon after, the alcohol, food and excitement proving too much for him and so Ruby, Elisha, Poppy and I sat and played bingo like the old ladies we are.
Afterwards, we all put our pjs on, snuggled on the sofas under quilts and watched Polar Express before the kids traipsed off to bed at 10pm, shattered after a long but relaxed day.
For me, it was undoubtedly the best Christmas I've had in years.